Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were killed today in an ongoing encounter at Tarigam area of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. The Deputy SP Aman Thakur attained martyrdom during the operation. Meanwhile, an Indian Army Major and a jawan are said to be injured. The operation is currently underway.
The encounter broke out in the afternoon after the security forces, including the J&K police and Indian Army, launched a search and cordon operation over a tip-off about 2-3 terrorists hiding in the region.
The operation comes a few days after the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed after a JeM ultra Adil Ahmad Dar rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus of the convoy of the security forces on February 14.
The 34 Rashtirya Rifles and the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police had launched a cordon-and-search operation following information about the presence of militants in the area. According to police sources, militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated, triggering a gun-battle. Three militants trapped inside were killed.
Aman was a 2011 batch KPS officer who was leading the operation. He had been heading the counter terrorism wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kulgam district for the last one and a half years and had played an instrumental role in killing terrorists in the area. A resident of Gogla in Doda district of the state, Aman is survived by his parents, wife Sarla Devi and 6-year-old son Arya.